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Volume 21, #16 -- Sunday Night, May 5th, 2019

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1. NO - RB Alvin Kamara utilized in slot

Source: Pro Football Focus

New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara was lined up in the slot on 18.9 percent of his receiving snaps in the 2018 season -- the fourth most among running backs with at least 25 slot snaps.

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We should see those numbers continue for Kamara. The Saints are looking for weapons behind WR Michael Thomas in the passing game, and Kamara can be very dangerous as a receiver...from the slot or out of the backfield. He's RB5 (1.06) in ADP right now in 12-team PPR leagues.

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2. SEA - D.K. Metcalf making early impression

Source: The Associated Press - Tim Booth

Seattle Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf has made a quick impression in the team's rookie camp. Asked what impresses him most about the second-round draft pick, head coach Pete Carroll said: 'Well, it's almost like, what doesn't, you know? He's big and he's fast. He's got really good feet, you know, and his catching range was exhibited today for a start,' Carroll said Saturday, May 4. 'And you know, we've got to figure it out, figure out where it is, maybe even more unique than we thought coming in. So we just develop it as we go. But big and really fast and the catching range was really obvious.'

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Metcalf is an impressive player, and his physical traits stand out when he's just running through drills. We'll see if the rookie can be more than just a '9-route guy' for the Seahawks. Metcalf is big, fast in a straight line and tracks passes over his shoulder. He needs to be more refined as a route runner and learn how to change direction without losing much speed in order for him to play up to his potential as a pro.

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3. SF - Austin Walter joins 49ers

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Josh Alper

Undrafted free-agent RB Austin Walter (Rice) signed with the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, May 5. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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Walter is a smaller change-of-pace back measuring in at 5'7" 194 pounds. He turned some heads at a regional combine earlier this year by recording a 4.49 40-yard dash, and Walter was impressive catching the ball during his pro day. He's a longshot to make the roster but we'll keep an eye on him in crazy deep dynasty leagues.

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4. TB - TE O.J. Howard has fan in new OC

Source: PewterReport.com - Mark Cook

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (ankle) has a big fan in new offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. 'Man, I've never seen guys like that,' Leftwich said Thursday, May 2, at one of the team's offseason workouts. 'It's hard to be around guys that can do what O.J. can do. He's very - there's not a lot of those human beings walking around on earth. Trust me, because everybody is looking for him. Everybody is looking for the next O.J. Howard. He's a young guy in this process, but what he can do being that big, being able to run it's a matchup nightmare for defenses.'

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Howard was a top-10 fantasy tight end last year, snaring 34 passes for 565 yards and five touchdowns. This season his production could continue to grow. In Arizona, head coach Bruce Arians didn't utilize his tight ends that much. We should see that change in 2019 now that Arians is with the Bucs. First, the game is going to the middle of the field. Second, Howard is a damn good tight end who can move the chains and be a presence in the red zone. His current ADP is TE15 (13.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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5. NE - Damien Harris sees coaching similaries

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Michael David Smith

New England Patriots RB Damien Harris says the draft-day phone call he received from Bill Belichick immediately reminded of his former coach, Alabama's Nick Saban. 'The two-minute conversation I had with coach Belichick on the phone sounded very much like if I was on the phone with coach Saban,' Harris said recently. 'Everybody knows their relationship, everybody knows they're very similar in their demeanors, their coaching styles. They're both about business and winning.'

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Harris is a talented runner in his own right, and the Patriots will know how to get the most out of his skill set. He's buried on the depth chart behind Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead at this time. We love his upside in dynasty formats where you can take the long view on Harris and his pro career.

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6. BAL - Joe Horn Jr. making good first impression

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Undrafted free-agent WR Joe Horn Jr. - son of the former Pro Bowl wide receiver - is trying out for the Baltimore Ravens during the team's rookie minicamp and has 'looked really good,' according to head coach John Harbaugh.'I guess the thing that struck me about him was he looked like Joe Horn. ... Quick, fast, really good hands, in and out of breaks. You can tell he's worked with his dad a lot on technique. I just thought he looked excellent,' Harbaugh told ESPN's Jamison Hensley.

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It's a feel-good story to be sure as Horn Sr. was a fan favorite when he was scoring touchdowns and making cell phone calls from the end zone with the Saints. The truth of the matter is Horn Jr. is likely angling for a spot on the Ravens practice squad. They have added a ton of talent to the WR corps this offseason, and Horn Jr. is no guarantee to make the team.

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7. SEA - Jazz Ferguson checks in at 240

Source: ESPN.com - Brady Henderson

Seattle Seahawks undrafted free-agent WR Jazz Ferguson showed up to rookie minicamp at 240 pounds after playing at Northwestern State (La.) at 227. Ferguson finished strong Saturday, May 4, but he has 'dropped more than one pass' and 'hasn't looked as fast as his 4.45-second time' in the 40-yard dash, according to ESPN.com's Brady Henderson.

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Ferguson has the size to be a problem for smaller defenders. He's gone through some trials as a young collegian (moving on from LSU) and reports say he's more mature than he used to be. We'll monitor him in super deep dynasty leagues because of his physical traits.

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8. SEA - Travis Homer shows off at minicamp

Source: ESPN.com - Brady Henderson

Seattle Seahawks sixth-round RB Travis Homer flashed 'an extra gear' and hauled in a deep ball with two defenders in coverage during rookie minicamp Saturday, May 4.

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Homer has an electricity to his game when he runs the rock. With the Miami Hurricanes in college, Homer did a nice job of taking what was there from the defense and bursting for more when he could. The sixth-round pick is buried on the depth chart but we are monitoring him in dynasty formats.

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9. DEN - Noah Fant draws lofty comparison

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Sando

Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant will be Denver's version of San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle, according to one NFL executive.

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That should get your attention. Kittle went to Iowa, like Fant, but was a fifth-round pick when he came out...not a first-round pick like Fant. In 2018, Kittle had 88 catches for 1,377 receiving yards and five touchdowns - production good for the no.2 fantasy tight end spot last season. Fant won't reach those levels as a rookie (or should we say he's unlikely to do that), but we wouldn't be surprised to see him catch 50 passes for the Broncos as a rookie. Not only is there a Kittle/Fant connection, but there's also a Kittle connection with new Broncos OC Rich Scangarello (he was with the 49ers last year as the quarterback coach).

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10. CIN - High ceiling for Rodney Anderson?

Source: ESPN.com - Mike Sando

Cincinnati Bengals RB Rodney Anderson 'can be the best back' from the 2019 draft class if he can stay healthy, according to one NFL executive, and the executive compared Anderson to Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson.

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Anderson is more like Stevan Ridley than he is David Johnson...and that's not a bad thing. In college at Oklahoma, Anderson was banged up quite a bit but he's a hard-charging back so that's to be expected somewhat. We'll see if he can stay healthy and impress as a reserve runner for the Bengals in 2019.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J